Information centre closed but calls made to re-open

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle at the now closed Information Centre in Chorley bus station
Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle at the now closed Information Centre in Chorley bus station

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle has called on Lancashire County Council to reconsider its decision to close a bus station Information Centre.

LCC has withdrawn its funding from the Information Centre in Chorley bus station as part of a cost cutting act.

The office costs LCC £14,000 pounds a year to run.

Centres in Preston and Burnley have remained open.

Eric Wright, who manage Chorley bus station will now offer information services for the public. Mr Hoyle, is infuriated that Chorley has been singled out, he said: “The centre was a great facility for all people to use.

“It was always well used and I want LCC to reconsider their decision, why is Chorley different to centres in Preston and Burnley.

“Why is it that the people of Chorley have to miss out on such a good service which provided.”

Tony Moreton, assistant director for sustainable travel, said: “The county council provided funding towards staffing the Information Office to provide impartial public transport information through the Stagecoach.

“We’ve identified an opportunity to save some of that money, and extended the hours of service from 5am to midnight, by contracting Eric Wright to provide information from the office on the concourse.”

Bus users are still trying to use the centre with one man surprised by the locked doors.

Jennifer Aston, a user of the Information Centre, said; “I used it quite a lot, I wanted to get to Crosby and on the internet it said I couldn’t.

“I went in to the centre and within 30 seconds I had the answer, it’s a vital service which helped plenty of vulnerable people.

“Why should Chorley lose out when centres in Preston and Burnley remain open?”

County councillor Bev Murray, said: “I share residents concerns about the closure of the office and have raised this matter with the Cabinet Member responsible at the county council to ask that he review the decision with a view to reopening it.